If fiction can be regarded as a culture’s
subconscious, then it’s clear that we are a nation obsessed with the
very rich. From avaricious caricatures like The Simpsons’ Montgomery Burns to literary character studies like F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s Jay Gatsby,
our culture–both high and low–is littered with images of billionaires
and tycoons. Some characters are intentional riffs on real-life
counterparts, most famously Orson Welles‘ blistering portrayal of William Randolph Hearst in Citizen Kane.
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